Air Force approves JSS production

Jan. 5, 2011 at 7:16 AM
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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has given Milestone C production approval to Northrop Grumman's Joint Interface Control Officer Support System.

The JSS system gives military personnel the capability to plan, execute, assess and adjust tactical data link architecture in real time.

"With this approval for production and fielding, members of the JSS government program office and the Northrop Grumman team have completed the last major development step to get this critical capability into the hands of JICOs," said Claude Hashem, Northrop Grumman vice president and deputy general manager of the company's Network Communications Systems business. "With JSS, optimum aerial layer data network management is within a JICO's grasp."

Northrop said following integration with other air and space operations center systems, JSS will be deployed to as many as 26 Air Force and joint military sites worldwide.

JICOs are responsible for planning and managing the critical joint tactical data link networks that aircraft and ground troops use to communicate in combat. JSS allows the JICO to optimally plan, configure, operate, monitor and exchange information among multi-tactical data link networks, using an integrated system of hardware and software.

Northrop is delivering 42 JSS systems, 160 workstations, spares, training and support for fielding and logistics under a contract awarded by the Air Force Electronic Systems Center in 2005.

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